Mindy Kaling has criticized President Donald Trump over his intention to end birthright citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants. “Wait. I was born in the United States to two Indian professionals who later became proud citizens of this country,” the “Mindy Project” actress tweeted.
“So… now I would be a citizen of India? My contributions to this country would be as a foreigner with no rights?” Experts argue that Trump’s executive order ending birthright citizenship would violate the 14th Amendment which guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the United States to parents who are citizens of another country.
Kaling, 39, was born and raised in Massachusetts, where her parents moved after leaving their native India in 1979. Her father, Avu Chokalingam, was an architect, and her late mother, Swati Chokalingam, was an obstetrician-gynecologist.
While much of the conversation on social media was mostly around the legality of Trump’s claim, from both sides of the political aisle, the actress personalized it. Will voices like hers make a difference? Only time will tell.